Baseball loses big at home

By Scott A. Nicol

DeKALB — The baseball team struggled Tuesday against the University of Illinois at Chicago Flames, as it lost 17-3.

“We need to forget about this game and get ready for the weekend series against Kent State,” said Head Coach Mike Kunigonis, according to NIU Media Services. “We did see some solid things today from individuals that we will look to build on.”

The Huskies (9-23, 5-4 Mid-American Conference) gave up five runs in the second and eighth inning in a game that was 10-2 by the end of the third inning.

UIC’s (21-8, 6-5 Horizon) junior catcher Tom Calabrese hit two, three-run home runs, both coming in the five-run innings, and had eight RBIs on the day.

Calabrese was also a triple shy of the cycle — in which a player hits a single, double, triple and home run in one game.

Junior pitcher George Faue only lasted through the first inning, as he gave up three earned runs, and his season ERA rose from 4.81 to 5.68. Faue is 0-2 on the season with one save.

The Huskies used eight different pitchers in the game.

Senior pitcher Danny Hyde was the lone bright spot on the mound, as he went three innings while striking out one batter and not giving up a hit or run in his sixth appearance on the season.

Hyde lowered his season ERA from 11.37 to 7.71 in his second consecutive game, not surrendering a run.

Junior outfielder Joe Jumonville had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 and drove in a run, and junior catcher Mike Roberson went 3-for-4 and also drove in a run.

The game was a rematch of a March 28 matchup when UIC defeated the Huskies 6-1 in Chicago.

The Huskies will be home this weekend at 3:05 p.m. Friday against Kent State University on Ralph McKinzie Field in DeKalb.